Charles Burney in Brescia - 26 July, 1770

from Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney, pages 64-5:

The singer next room to ours is I find the castrate Luini […] He is a native of Brescia – was welcomed home by a band of music at the inn, the night of his arrival, and by another the night before his and our departure, consisting of 2 violins, a mandolin, French horn, trumpet and violoncello – and tho’ in the dark and by memory they played long concertos with solo parts for mandolin. I was surprised at the memory of these performers – in that it was excellent street music and such as we are not accustomed to: but ours is not a climate for serenades.

cite as

Charles Burney, and Herbert Edmund Poole (ed.), Music, men and manners in France and Italy, 1770 / Charles Burney (London, 1974), p. 64-5. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Brescia


Charles Burney
musicologist, Musician, Writer

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Experience Information

Date/Time 26 July, 1770
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:34:39 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:42:37 +0000